An existing house was deconstructed to make room for 7200 SF of new ground up construction including a main house, pool house, and lanai. This hillside home was built through a phased sequence of extensive excavation and site work, complicated by a single point of entry. Site walls were built using true dry stacked stone and concrete retaining walls faced with sawn veneer. Sustainable features include FSC certified lumber, solar hot water, fly ash concrete, and low emitting insulation with 75% recycled content.
Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is billed as the world’s most expensive standalone casino property at $8 billion, including cost of the prime land.
Submission Date: Nov 27, 2008
Architect(s): Juan Robles
Completion Date: 2007
Project Type: Residential
A beautiful mix of contemporary architecture with traditional design. We especially love how the large amounts of greenery add a sense of serenity here. More info can be found here.
Submission Date: Apr 01, 2011
Architect(s): David Guerra
Photographer(s): Jomar Bragança
Project Type: Residential
Flavor Paper HQ, a boutique wallpaper manufacturer located in Brooklyn, NY by Jeff Kovel of Skylab Architecture. Portland firm Skylab Architecture designed the renovation of a 1931 brick building to house the new headquarters for Flavor Paper.
Sherman, CEO of Flavor Paper and a couple of employee-tenants actually live there, with the boss enjoying a classic bachelor lifestyle (D.J. booth, roof deck, floating beds) inside a retro-futuristic penthouse with the city’s easiest commute.
K2LD Architects have designed the Winged House in Singapore.
A private family residence situated on a uniquely shaped triangular plot, the Winged House frames the site with two prominent forms – the trapeziums. These forms open towards the main view at the back of the site where 3 existing majestic palms are, and of lush greenery. These embracing forms carve out and frame a middle garden for friendly and private gatherings. In response to the tropical climate context, the formal exploration took a turn from cutting openings from a pure trapezoid form to separating roof from form. The extensive roof overhangs for naturally ventilated spaces, are enjoyed with much shelter and shade even during the seasonal heavy rain downpours.
An exploration of the roof form went further with the separation of roof from roof. This split of the roof achieved a play of light and shadows into the interior space. Spaces such as the double volume Dining room, the 2nd storey passageway and the large Patio are all celebrated with the overlapping split roof and its light play. This slot is further enhanced at night with concealed light fittings illuminating the split. Materiality is key to strengthening the relationship of the two winged forms, its space in-between and roof on roof.
In the intermediate space between two forms is the main entrance foyer and Living room which is flanked with two feature natural split granite walls, contrasting its heavy presence with the lightness of the roofs and vertical timber lines of the house. Timber is extensively used throughout the house, choosing a lighter colour timber (Burmese Teak) for the underside of the roofs versus the darker wood (Chengai) as the infill medium (ie: the sun-shading screens) to create a play of depth of the façade. The vertical timber screens not only help in providing shade from the harsh sun, but it helps blend the house with the lush vertical tree trunks of the surrounding greenery. The Winged House, in its formal expressions and material language, results in an abode that sits snugly in its context in a quiet ‘winged’ embrace of the site and dwelling within.
Sanders Pace Architecture have designed the Barrier Island house in Vero Beach, Florida.
Description from the architects
The owners of this property approached our firm to provide design services for a site located on a natural canal leading to the intracoastal waterway. In recent years the couple has begun to spend the majority of their time at the property in Vero Beach, close to where Ms. Mitchell was raised. Living in the house it became clear to the couple that improvements to the 50+ year old structure had become a necessity.
We began the process by first evaluating the Client’s goals with their existing property in order to determine whether or not the existing single family residence on the site could accommodate their needs. After a visit to the site it was determined that any improvement to the existing residence would require the demolition of the original terrazzo slab on grade, perhaps the house’s best asset. Once the decision to demolish was made a series of design options were explored which maintained the scale and character of the original house while adding new exterior program to the site. A desire to preserve as much of the natural vegetation on the site as possible including many beautiful live oak trees meant containing new construction within the footprint of the original building. Improved efficiency within the footprint of the building allowed us to provide the same interior program within a smaller amount of conditioned space, again a nod to the scale and character of the original historic neighborhood. Materials used are also complimentary to the context and include white stucco, dark brick, and native cypress. Landscaping includes a combination of native palms and live oaks coupled with tall drought tolerant grasses against the building providing a screen for condensing units.